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Honey Balsamic Roasted Carrots

Carrots might sometimes be the underdog of the veggie world, but these Honey Balsamic Roasted Carrots are a game-changer! With just 5 simple ingredients, they’re easy to whip up and make a delicious recipe you won’t want to miss.

Pan of sweet Honey Balsamic Oven Roasted Carrots

These honey balsamic carrots are a simple yet flavorful side dish. The carrots are roasted until tender, bringing out their natural sweetness, which is enhanced by a glaze of honey and balsamic vinegar. This combination creates a perfect balance of sweet and tangy. A touch of garlic adds depth, and a sprinkle of fresh parsley gives a fresh finish. They’re easy to make and go well with a variety of main dishes, making them a great choice for an easy weeknight dinner or a holiday table.

Why You’ll Love This Honey Roasted Carrots Recipe

  • So Much Flavor: Roasted carrots with honey are naturally sweet, and the touch of balsamic vinegar adds great depth and a touch of acidity. It’s the perfect combination of sweet and tangy!
  • Super Easy: Veggie side dishes shouldn’t take much time and this recipe is no different. You’ll have this whipped up in no time with only 10 minutes of active prep time.
  • Goes With Everything: Great veggie side dishes should be versatile and go with anything you’re making with dinner. These roasted honey glazed carrots go with any protein you can cook up from steak to pork chops to chicken! They can also make an interesting addition to any vegetarian meal.
roasted carrots arranged on a baking sheet

What You’ll Need

  • Carrots: I suggest using large fresh carrots and cutting them in half, longwise. You could also use rainbow carrots or baby carrots.
  • Balsamic Vinegar: Adds a rich, slightly tangy flavor. If you don’t have balsamic vinegar, use 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar mixed with 1/2 teaspoon sugar.
  • Olive Oil: Helps in roasting. Canola or vegetable oil could be used instead.
  • Honey: Pure maple syrup or agave nectar are good alternatives.
  • Garlic Cloves: Balances the sweetness in the recipe. Garlic powder is a good alternative.
  • Sea Salt and Fresh Ground Black Pepper: Seasoning to enhance all the flavors.
  • Chopped Fresh Parsley: Dried parsley or even fresh thyme or cilantro could also be used.

How to Make Honey Balsamic Roasted Carrots

Each step in this process is designed to ensure that the carrots are perfectly cooked and flavored, making them one of your new favorite veggie side dishes. Scroll down to the recipe card for detailed instructions.

  1. Prep: Preheat oven to 375˚F. Wash, peel, and halve your carrots lengthwise. Place the prepped carrots on a roasting pan or a rimmed baking sheet and set it aside.
  2. Combine: In a small bowl, combine your balsamic vinegar, olive oil, honey, garlic, salt, and pepper. Whisk everything together until it is thoroughly incorporated.
  3. Brush: Brush the carrots with about 2/3 of the glaze.
  4. Roast: Roast the carrots for 15 minutes.
  5. Flip: Flip the carrots over and brush with remaining glaze. Continue to roast your carrots for another 15 minutes or until they’re fork tender. The cooking time will depend on the size of the carrots. 
  6. Serve: Remove the pan from the oven. Transfer the roasted honey glazed carrots to a serving plate, garnish them with chopped parsley, and serve. 

Tips and Tricks

  • Use Fresh Carrots: We’ve all been guilty of leaving carrots in the fridge a little too long. You know what they look like… They’re a little limp and bendy. Don’t use those! In fact, throw them in your scrap bag for making stock later on! You’ll get the best results by using fresh, firm carrots.
  • Don’t Overcook: Different sized carrots need different roasting times. Check out the FAQ section further down the page for my recommendations on how long to cook various sizes.
  • Cook the Rainbow: If you want to make this honey roasted carrots recipe really fancy, use a couple different colors of carrots! I love getting heirloom carrots at the farmer’s market when they’re in season and enjoy purple and white carrots along with the traditional oragen.

What to Serve With Honey Roasted Carrots

A great way to serve carrots is to top them with fresh chopped parsley and grated parmesan cheese alongside a nice roast pork tenderloin, pot roast, or even roasted rack of lamb. I love to pair them with other sides, like potatoes and roasted sugar snap peas. Since carrots are sweet, a great side to pair them with is tart brussel sprouts

whole carrots brushed with balsamic glaze

How to Store and Reheat Leftovers

  • Store leftovers in an airtight container and keep them refrigerated for about 2 to 3 days. 
  • To reheat roasted carrots with honey, I place them on a baking sheet and pop them in a 325˚F oven for about 5 minutes, or until they are heated through. 

FAQs

Do I need to peel the carrots before roasting them?

This is up to you. I usually peel mine for a cleaner look, but it’s not a must – just give them a good scrub with a vegetable brush to clean off any dirt before you start cooking.

How long should I roast carrots?

I’ve found that roasting time for carrots or root vegetables largely depends on their size and thickness. For large whole carrots, 30 minutes at a higher temperature will do the trick. For baby carrots, 15 to 18 minutes is enough time. However, the best way to know they’ve been roasted long enough is to stick a fork into the thickest part of the carrot. If it slides in and out without needing any force, they are perfect. 

roasted carrots arranged on a baking sheet

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Pan of sweet Honey Balsamic Oven Roasted Carrots
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Honey Balsamic Roasted Carrots

These Honey Balsamic Roasted Carrots are the sweetest and easiest side dish around! Perfectly caramelized with a tender center, they're always a hit with everyone at the table.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: honey roasted carrots, honey roasted carrots recipe, roasted carrots, roasted carrots with honey, veggie side dishes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 185kcal

Ingredients

  • 10 large carrots, washed, peeled, and cut in half longwise
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced, or use ¾ teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • chopped fresh parsley, for garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375˚F.
  • Place the prepped carrots on a rimmed baking sheet and set aside.
  • In a small bowl, combine the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, honey, garlic, salt, and pepper; whisk until thoroughly incorporated.
  • Brush the carrots with ⅔ of the glaze and roast them for 15 minutes.
  • Flip the carrots over; brush them with remaining glaze and continue to roast for 15 minutes more or until fork tender. Cooking time will depend on the size of the carrots.
  • Remove from oven. Transfer them to a serving plate, garnish with chopped parsley, and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 185kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 129mg | Potassium: 603mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 30071IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 1mg

28 Comments

  • Beth Pierce
    May 26, 2020 at 8:52 pm

    5 stars
    These are delicious and an easy side dish! Thanks!

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    • Katerina
      Katerina Petrovska
      May 27, 2020 at 5:27 pm

      I hope you enjoy it! Thank YOU! 🙂

      Reply
  • Catalina
    May 27, 2020 at 6:37 am

    5 stars
    My kid loves carrots and I am sure he will love this recipe! Must try!

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    • Katerina
      Katerina Petrovska
      May 27, 2020 at 5:26 pm

      I hope you and your family enjoy it! Thank YOU! 🙂

      Reply
  • Kevin
    May 27, 2020 at 3:12 pm

    5 stars
    The flavor of these carrots are spot on!

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    • Katerina
      Katerina Petrovska
      May 27, 2020 at 5:25 pm

      Thank YOU! 🙂

      Reply
  • Cathy
    May 27, 2020 at 9:24 pm

    Love the honey balsamic combo!

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    • Katerina
      Katerina Petrovska
      May 28, 2020 at 3:28 pm

      Thank you, Cathy! 🙂

      Reply
  • Sara Welch
    May 28, 2020 at 7:08 pm

    5 stars
    Quite possibly the best way to enjoy carrots! Even my picky eaters gobbled these up!

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    • Katerina
      Katerina Petrovska
      May 29, 2020 at 4:10 pm

      I’m glad you enjoyed it! Thank YOU! 🙂

      Reply
  • Sandra
    May 31, 2020 at 9:44 pm

    5 stars
    I loved it! Such a delicious side dish!

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    • Katerina
      Katerina Petrovska
      Jun 2, 2020 at 5:02 pm

      Thank you so much! I’m glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

      Reply
  • Melissa
    Jan 24, 2024 at 11:41 am

    5 stars
    Great recipe – these carrots are a real show stopper!

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    • Katerina
      Katerina
      Jan 25, 2024 at 12:06 pm

      I’m thrilled that you found the carrot recipe to be a show stopper! Thank YOU! 🙂

      Reply
  • April
    Jan 24, 2024 at 2:08 pm

    5 stars
    Glazed carrots are one of my favorite sides – I loved this version with the balsamic vinegar, it was delish!

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    • Katerina
      Katerina
      Jan 25, 2024 at 12:03 pm

      That’s wonderful to hear you enjoyed the glazed carrots with balsamic vinegar! It’s always great finding new twists on favorite dishes. 🙂

      Reply
  • Gina
    Jan 24, 2024 at 5:02 pm

    5 stars
    These are great for not only weeknight dinners but holidays too. DELISH!

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    • Katerina
      Katerina
      Jan 25, 2024 at 12:00 pm

      Thank you so much!! Great to hear they’re perfect for both weeknights and holidays!

      Reply
  • Sandra
    Jan 24, 2024 at 10:26 pm

    5 stars
    This is just the perfect side dish! It was really good and easy to prepare!

    Reply
    • Katerina
      Katerina
      Jan 25, 2024 at 11:57 am

      I’m very glad to hear the side dish was a success and easy to prepare! Thank YOU! 🙂

      Reply
  • Erin | Dinners, Dishes and Dessert
    Jan 25, 2024 at 8:44 am

    5 stars
    Fantastic side dish! I made this and my family loves it!

    Reply
    • Katerina
      Katerina
      Jan 25, 2024 at 11:55 am

      Thank YOU! Great to hear that your family loved the side dish! 🙂

      Reply
  • Janelle
    Jan 25, 2024 at 12:52 pm

    5 stars
    My kids loved these. Big win!

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    • Katerina
      Katerina
      Jan 26, 2024 at 12:12 pm

      That’s fantastic to hear your kids loved them – a big win indeed! Thank YOU! 🙂

      Reply
    • Katerina
      Katerina
      Jan 27, 2024 at 1:14 pm

      That’s great! I’m very glad your and your kids enjoyed it! Thank YOU! 🙂

      Reply
  • Catalina
    Jan 25, 2024 at 5:10 pm

    5 stars
    I made the Honey Balsamic Roasted Carrots as a side dish, and they were fantastic! The honey and balsamic glaze brought out the natural sweetness of the carrots, and roasting them added a lovely depth of flavor.

    Reply
    • Katerina
      Katerina
      Jan 26, 2024 at 12:09 pm

      I’m very glad to hear that the Honey Balsamic Roasted Carrots turned out fantastic! Thank you so much! 🙂

      Reply
    • Katerina
      Katerina
      Jan 27, 2024 at 1:12 pm

      I’m very glad you enjoyed the Honey Balsamic Roasted Carrots and found that the glaze and roasting brought out great flavors. Thank YOU! 🙂

      Reply

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